Extent of Dorian's damage to N.S. crops still unknown

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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) says it could be a while before we know the extent of Dorian's damage to the Maritimes' agriculture sector.

But, FCC vice-president of operations Faith Matchett says they have already heard that some farmers will likely be facing financial hardship after Dorian's damaging winds and heavy rainfall hit over the weekend.

Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association president Larry Lutz, who grows apples and peaches in the Annapolis Valley, told The Chronicle Herald damage to the overall crop might be as high as 25 per cent or more.

Lutz told the newspaper the losses of Honeycrisp are probably closer to 25 per cent, while SweeTango and Ambrosia are between 50 and 60 per cent.

He says he doesn’t expect an apple shortage or price change for consumers because fruit from other areas will likely be imported.